Today is the International Day to End Violence against Women. I’m aware that many women and girls in Motherwell, Wishaw, Bellshill and beyond don’t feel safe in their own communities. This is simply not good enough and we all have a responsibility to stamp out the language and attitudes which enable violence.
At the root of the issue is men’s attitudes and behaviour towards women. It can only be challenged if each of us play a small part in changing the attitudes and behaviour of our brothers, friends, colleagues or whoever. Men must speak to men as well as women speaking to men to challenge what isn’t appropriate.